Need to to now how to get fans running manually or settings ? recently got computer w/cleaned HDD. Put Win 98SE on one drive, other drive blank. Concerned about over heating, 1.3ghz w/ Geforce 2 Go video card. Originally had XP installed I assume,using for older games now.
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Re: Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop cooling fans
All fans for cooling cpu plug into a small 2 or 3 pin socket usually white on the motherboard near to the heatsink your fan should have the lead coming from it fans for video card sometimes takes the power from card or connect to board same as cpu fan but near video card
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Get a can of compressed air and blow out the vents on the bottom and side of the laptop. The fan could just be out of balance with dust. It it still makes a noise afterward, the fan itself may be going out and need to be replaced.
Stock fans tend to be very loud. If this is a laptop your probably SOL on finding a compatible replacement. If this is a desktop then just buy the same dimensions or just by the fan/heat sink combo's of the same size. From looking up the fan in question I'd say this is a laptop and there isn't much you can do about it
All computer fans have a general design. The name in front of "fan" really refers to the designation. You'll see case fan, processor fan, CPU fan, cooling fan, etc. In the case of CPU/Processor fan, some are sold with heatsinks (the metal block sitting on top of your CPU).
The first thing you want to do is make sure the fan is clean. Chances are dust buildup is causing the excess noise.
If that's not the case and you're looking to replace the fan, then you first need to find out the size of the fan. General sizes(diameter X width in mm) are listed on this page:
Generally, you're looking for something that will match the size of what you're replacing & push enough air at a reasonable noise level to cool the heatsink/CPU. You want to stay in the area of 30dBA max for noise. You also want to see if it has a 3-pin or 4-pin connection.
For example, if you have an 80mm fan, I would suggest something like this:
It's pretty quiet with good airflow. Also, it has a 3-pin connection, but includes an adapter for a 4-pin connection.